The European Union and IOM have launched a free-of-charge hotline to provide practical information to IDPs. The hotline, operated by IOM’s implementing partner Donbas SOS, builds on the experience gained by the NGO with running a similar project.
As of mid March, IOM has assisted almost 42,200 vulnerable internally displaced persons in 16 regions of Ukraine. With funds from Norway, Switzerland, the U.S., UN, Germany and the EU, these people were provided with medicine, hygiene items, warm clothes, shoes and blankets, heaters, as well as legal counselling and psychological support.
The EU in cooperation with IOM has provided assistance to ensure immediate support to internally displaced persons arriving from the areas affected by the crisis in Eastern Ukraine to Kharkiv Region, which currently serves as a safe haven for over 130,000 people according to the official data.
On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, IOM Ukraine opened a public art installation in Mariinskiy Park in Kyiv. The installation titled, Invisible in Plain Sight, seeks to raise awareness about trafficking in human beings and tell the real stories of its victims who live amongst us, but often remain unseen.
IOM and the Embassy of the Netherlands organized a four-day training on document security for practitioners from the regional departments of the State Migration Service and the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.